English: Chrome Shelled Regios
Synonyms: Koukaku no Regios, Kokaku no Regios
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2009 to Jun 21, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.731 (scored by 27034 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Sep 3, 2010
Imagine my surprise then, to find a high school.
That's right. Here at the end of the world the best that some bright spark could come up with was another high school. That said, Koukaku no Regios (Chrome Shelled Regios), does use the setting rather well, and approaches the whole concept in a manner that is somewhat entertaining.
Originally, Chrome Shelled Regios began life as a series of light novels by Amagi Shusuke, with a manga adaptation by Miyu available around the same time. A second manga adaptation followed, this time by Kiyose Nodoka, then a third (by Watari), and finally a fourth, which is, unusually, a 4-koma version by Futaba Masumi.
Oh, and there's a prequel light novel series called Legend of Regios as well.
The story begins in the academy city of Zuellni, a domed mobile "fortress" that roams the post apocalyptic world, where Layfon Wolfstein Alsief is hoping to forget his turbulent past and begin a new life. Unfortunately, he quickly catches the attention of Karian Loss, the student council president, and Nina Antalk, the leader of the 17th Military Arts Platoon.
At first glance Chrome Shelled Regios seems like a pretty standard fantasy styled anime, and truth be told, this is a pretty accurate impression. The plot is fairly straight forward, with little in the way of true complexity. Unfortunately, the manner in which the story is delivered has all the hallmarks of an action melodrama, and while there are some comedic elements thrown into the mix in an effort to balance things out, the overall effect is rather lopsided.
Probably the biggest example of this is the main character's "turbulent past" and the reasons why he is attending Zuellni. There is a clear attempt to obtain sympathy from the audience, however the plot seems overly contrived, and rather than ensuring that this aspect of the story is part of the greater tale, it instead stands out as one of several occasions where the show has tried to elicit a reaction from the viewer.
The main problem with this is that the writers have adopted an approach that is more like a traditional fantasy, something which would normally be fine given that this is ultimately a light novel adaptation. It's unfortunate then, that the transposition from paper to screen doesn't quite work, however this may be because the writers literally had multiple versions of the story, so instead of creating their own version, they simply decided to pick the best bits from all the other versions and string them together.
The end result is a story that has its plus points, but doesn't really know what to do with them.
While the story may be a bit haphazard at times, the art and animation are of a good standard throughout the series. The characters are pretty standard fare in terms of design, but they are well animated and possess their own unique features. The backgrounds are a strange mixture of the familiar and the unusual, mainly because of the incongruousness of a post apocalyptic high school. That said, the level of detail is pretty good throughout, and while there are some genuinely absurd moments, they don't reall affect the overall look of the show.
As far as the music goes, the show uses a variety of pieces over the course of the series, but while the choregrpahy is often good, the music sometimes doesn't mesh with the on screen action. The OP is a typical "beats per minute" dance track called Brave Your Truth by Daisy x Daisy. Like many other shows, Chrome Shelled Regios has two EDs, Yasashii Uso and Ai no Zuellni, both of which are by Chrome Shelled. Both are bittersweet ballads that, unfortunately, don't work all the time given the context of the episode itself.
On the other hand, the acting is actually pretty decent. The seiyuu are talented and play their roles fairly well, although there are some occasions where the character can seem unnaturally emotional, something which is partly due to the script itself rather than the skills of the actors.
One of my biggest gripes with Chrome Shelled Regios was the lack of originality when it came to character types. Granted there are only so many to go around, however the writers seemed to have followed the cut and paste format to the letter. While the plot may be interesting in parts and the story engaging to a degree, in a series like this it's ultimately the characters that make the whole thing shine. The lead roles are interesting enough, but their development can often seem overly conrtived. In addition to this, the actual characterisation is fairly basic at best, and very little time is spent on ensuring that the characters have reasonable and valid justifications for their actions.
Again, this may be due to the writers attempting to incorporate all of the versions of the story into one narrative, but whatever the reason may be, the upshot is that this show really could have been so much more than it is. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, as Chrome Shelled Regios is entertaining in its own way. The problem is that the ideas and concepts behind the show could have been planned and executed better. The post apocalyptic high school, for example, is a novel idea, but instead of trying for more originality, the creators have gone in the other direction.
In simpler terms there are many thing in Chrome Shelled Regios that have been done before, and often done better. The series relies too much on stereotypes and plot devices, and too little on innovation, creativity and ingenuity. The sad part about all of this is that while the show is entertaining enough to be enjoyable to a degree, many of the elements that make up the series have only really been applied to maintain the viewer's interest (and hopefully sell some Chrome Shelled Regios goodies). This is the reason why the comedy doesn't mesh well with the rest of the plot, and the lack of cohesion at the most basic level is ultimately the reason for the poor characterisation as well.
It's unfortunate that, once again, a series with a great deal of potential has been let down by its creators. One can only hope that the future will bring improvements, and that more companies will stop making shows that are nothing more than glorified advertisements for related merchandise.
After all, who knows what I'll find on my next foray into a post apocalyptic world ...
Aug 11, 2009
Story/Plot – 6.7
The Overall plot is about Layfon Alseif, a person who has potential for being in Military Arts, but is reluctant because of his past. However, he still becomes part of the military academy, and finds himself in the 17th platoon fighting in Platoon matches, or against filth monsters and slowly revealing his past as he fights along.
Yes this deserves a low score of 6.7, why you ask? First of all Regios can get VERY VERY confusing. (almost as confusing as Lost) This is a show that demands you to either pay attention to almost everything they are showing you, or go back and rewatch a couple episodes. Even then, you still won’t understand some of the parts of the story, which suggests that this show is going to receive another season such as a prequel, but as of now, I have heard no news about it. Secondly, I have noticed the storyline follows a particular pattern, Fight Filth Monsters->Reveal a little bit of Layfon’s Past->Fight in Platoon Matches->Reveal a little more of Layfon’s Past->Fight someone Layfon knew before (Haia, Gorneo-> Reveal his past some more->Then, Bam, Fanservice episode. Then maybe, they would add an episode to show that Felli, Nina, Leerin, or Meishen likes Layfon. However, the show does make up for it with the twists in the plot, and still the story does proceed, although it may be slow. The show gets docked a few points though especially at the end where they absolutely rush the whole thing. Even rewatches of the last episode and of previous episodes will not explain everything in the end and viewers may feel unsatisfied, almost like watching the second season finale of Lost.
Characters – 7.4 (this will be done with overviews with characters that have high to medium importance)
The biggest flaw with the characters is that they never actually change their personalities or anything throughout the whole show.
Layfon: is always reluctant to fight, and wants to do something else than fighting, but doesn’t , Layfon also doesn’t notice that Felli, Leerin, Nina, or Meishen likes him, and does not notice this for the whole season. However, he does have a hidden past, which means he is different from the other characters and kind of makes the viewers want to know his past. I have also noticed that layfon had 2 personalities, 1 where he was super nice, and then a more serious one. He is basically could be in a platoon by himself and still win matches.
Felli: also wants to do something else besides being in the military academy, but doesn’t. However, Felli is one of the most likeable characters, and she herself adds a lot of comedy to the show, her kicks are more deadly than one by Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee (and also very funny), and when they draw Felli in an angry state, it is quite enjoyable. Felli also does change her personality a little to show that she likes Layfon.
Felli uses Psychokinesis to support the 17th platoon, which is basically large radius of sight and the ability to transfer speech and information to other members. If you need an example, think maphacks in RTS games basically, probably a very advanced form of them.
Nina: always wants to become stronger, but no matter what she does, she doesn’t really get much better, although she trains a lot of the time. She also gets mad at Layfon a lot, but she always forgives him later on anyways. She is also the leader of the 17th Platoon, but for a leader, she really isn't particularly strong and takes a backseat to Layfon. Truely speaking, she basically tried to go the warrior class and put all her stat points in INT and doesn't have a restat.
Sharnid: Carefree attitude, and like Layfon had a sort of mysterious hidden past. Although Sharnid acts carefree about almost everything, things are revealed about his past, and he actually takes it very seriously. However, many things are still not explained about him, such as his origin, and that can be good or bad, depending if there will be another season. He is currently the sniper for the 17th platoon, and if you need a reference, think of Kurz Weber from Full Metal Panic, except maybe 10 times cooler in my opinion. Sharnid is the sniper for the 17th Platoon and is also a playboy. :P
I mean I really can’t find big enough flaws for the music or the sound. During some extreme fight scenes, such as the one where Layfon fights with Haia to save Felli, the background music is amazing, and deserves high marks. The ending songs for the show are also very good in my opinion and they do change the ending song after the halfway point in the anime. Also if you listen carefully, each time they have different voice actors sing the ending theme song which is nice. For example, Felli sings a duet with Sharnid, along with other combinations. However, I just don’t like the beginning theme song, and they don’t change the song after the halfway point, which leaves me to skip the beginning theme song. They also repeat a generic BGM sometimes when layfon is fighting, and that becomes annoying after a couple episodes, and docks the anime some points.
There is really nothing special about the animation, except the fight scenes and the fan service scenes. However, when they draw Felli at times, and even Sharnid (when he is sprayed with water by Nina at the pool) it is quite comical, and brings up the score. Other times however, the animation is a bit off, if you can remember the time where Layfon is on the train alone with Meishen, and where we get a close up on Meishen's face, her nose just seems to be drawn weird in my opinion.
This anime was actually very enjoyable in my opinion, the mix between action, comedy, and fanservice kept me watching the anime to the end, and many of the characters are quite enjoyable to watch, particularly Felli. The fan service scenes also help with putting the anime in a more relaxed have fun state, instead of action and fighting all the time. Also this anime had better comedy scenes that some of the anime I have seen that were only about comedy.
Overall – 7.6 (7.6+8.7+7.4+6.7+8.2=38.6/5=7.72)
Only 7.72 on an anime I based my username off of? how come? Although I truly enjoyed this show especially the action and a little bit of the more relaxed episodes, the ending to the season really severely docked this show some points. After reading all the released manga that have been translated, I have noticed that they explain a lot more with the manga than with the anime, which means if you truly want to know everything you have to read the manga also. That shouldn’t be the case. They need to pace this anime a lot better than they did, have bigger changes with the characters, besides Felli, and explain the story more.
Some people also tell me, don’t worry there is definitely a second season! But how can you be so sure? They haven’t announced it or anything which suggests they are just leaving the anime as is. Hopefully, they do release another season, and explain all the holes in the story, which will definitely lead to a better score in the next season.
In the end, If you are looking for an anime that has good fighting scenes, relaxed scenes with the 4 girls that like Layfon (fanservice), and some comedy, then you should definitely take a look at Chrome Shelled Regios or atleast just try a few episodes. This show offers a nice balance of action/seriousness to comedy/fanservice, so many viewers might like this particular anime.
Jun 21, 2009
This show could have been really good , but suffered from severe pacing problems and one dimensional characters. The overall action in the show wasn't very good because Layfon never showed his true abilities so you never felt that feeling of excitement in a battle. The comedy was pretty good and mostly revolved around Feli kicking Layfon. I wish they had straightened out the pacing problems and made the filth monsters or people stronger so Layfon would show what he could really do.
Story ~ 6
The story for Chrome Shelled Regios is nothing out of the ordinary. People live in traveling domes and fight filth monsters, you have a summary. There are some major problems with how everything unfolds in the pacing department. (No spoilers don't worry). The beginning of the story was done pretty well and the middle is fun to watch, but in the end it's disapointment after disapointment. They get you excited about something that is about to happen for a couple of episodes, then something happens causing the exciting event to suck or not even happen. Then in the ending arc, Chrome Shelled Regios suffers from major pacing problems.
The last arc was handled awfully. They speed through important information and then take forever to accomplish something. The last episode should have be done in two or three episodes, but is crammed into one leaving a lot of "What? How/ why did that happen moments." and a dissatisfying episode. And a lot of information just isn;t relevent to the plot at all. But maybe a second season will fix that.
There were some positives though. The inter platoon matches were fun to watch and Feli kicking Layfon was funny.
Art ~ 7
The scenery was done pretty good and the CG'ing wasn't bad (not great, but average). The overall art gets better as the series goes on especially the filth monsters. This is just my preference, but I didn't like the character designs. Mostly how they put solid lines for the edge of shadows on the characters faces and I didn't really like the type of eyes they used. Just my opinion though, you might like it.
Sound ~ 8
The openings and endings were good and the background music was very good. All the characters' voices matched too, no complaints there. I didn't give this a 9 or a 10 because it lacked something that made me go "wow".
Characters ~ 6
The characters in Chrome Shelled Regios were ok. At the end of the series, I looked back on how the characters changed, and I realized........ that they didn't. Layfon still won't show his true abilities and tries to protect everyone on his own, Nina was still trying to stop depending on Layfon, but can't and Feli still likes Layfon, but kicks him after everything.
I thought the characters were one dimensional and predictable. And they didn't develop at all throughout the series. But, Feli kicking Layfon and Layfon protecting everyone does keep you interested for the whole series.
I would recommend you give this show a try to see if you like it, and if you have any doughts, don't expect it to get any better. I mostly pointed out the negitive parts of the series but don't worry, there was some good stuff to keep you watching. read more
Mar 2, 2009
Regios is a show i really didn't pay any attention to until finally 2 weeks ago, and i'm glad i gave it a chance. The anime producer, ZECXS, hasn't done some good animes (Last one being Rental Magica), but i think this one can really blossom into something good.
Story - 7.9/10 (C+)
Filth monsters? lol. But seriously, it's not as boring as it sounds. How about "cleaning" these filthy monsters with magical swords and wizardly staffs? Now that's more interesting. The story centers on Layfon (Or as Felli calls him Fon-Fon), a young kid who has hidden potential while looking like just the opposite. Klutzy and Humorous, Layfon manages to join the 17th Squad (16th?) under Nina Antalk, a spirited and focused young girl who works her hardest to achieve success. The plot so far is okay, but i'm docking points for coining the term "Filth" monsters and a really lackluster beginning.
Animation - 7.6/10 (C)
The animation is mostly bland and standard, except when it comes to flashbacks and fight scenes and fanservice scenes. Can anyone say, Felli Meido?
Sound/Music - 10/10 (A+)
I got hooked on the OP song, Brave Your Truth (lol engrish) just from hearing 5 seconds of it. That never happens for me. The same applies to the ending as well, "Yasashii Uso". Both fit PERFECTLY for Regios, One starting the show with a techno rock beat, and ending it with a gentle, soothing slow ballad. Each episode has a different ending version, and i'm most fond of Felli's version and Nina's version the most. The voice actors, while not ultra popular (See: Aya Hirano, Mamoru Miyano), have as much talent (even more, in some cases) as the populars. Episode 4 and Episode 5 treated us to some english, i dunno what's up with those 3 people in that car, but the english is so lol.
Characters - 9/10 (A)
Layfon is NOT the typical idiotic shounen lead character. He's likable from the very beginning, along with Nina and Felli. The rest of the cast i don't really pay attention to, but don't worry it's all good. Layfon's past is now catching up to him, and each episode he goes from "Typical Anime Shounen lead" to "Really Interesting and Evil"
Enjoyment - 10/10 (A+)
Watch Kokaku no Regios! Really, it's got a bit of everything: Fanservice, Ugly monsters, RPG-ish characters and excellent theme songs. What else would you want?
Overall - 9/10
~~The Good: OP/ED, Characters (Except the Engrish People (See episodes 3-5), Shante), Excellent BGM
~~The Bad: A bit fast at first, slightly annoying fanservice
~~Strong Points: BGM and OP/ED, Characters
~~Weak Points: Animation read more
May 6, 2013
There’s only one thing you truly need to know about the story: it has no direction and it’s confusing on occasions. By “it has no direction” I mean that it’s basically a “monster of the week” with the addition of a bunch of flashbacks, some harem thrown in and somewhat hilarious twists. The story follows Layfon, mysterious young man who arrived in a city called Zuellin to do … something. However, by the odd turn of events, he’s enrolled in the Military Arts and forced to take part in, what can only be called, foolish inner-platoon matches. However, we soon realize that Layfon is not your ordinary teenager.
I’ll be honest here – the story is weak. Even though it does try to do something about it, it almost always fails. It pulls things right out of nowhere (especially in the later episodes), giving all the new terms, confusing the viewer and all sorts of things just like those. The only real way to understand what the writer wanted to say completely is to shut down everything in your brain and focus it entirely on the CSR or to re-watch the show couple of times. I probably missed it, but they never really explained what “Kei” is and it left me guessing that it’s some sort of inner power or something. It’s rather redundant to go through twenty four episodes and still wonder what the hell is this and what the hell is that.
There are a lot of stiff moments. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Character designs are somewhat odd but the world itself is quite interesting. The fights are animated quite nicely (especially those towards the end) and backgrounds can be beautiful at times. Still, as I said, there are A LOT of immovable scenes where the speech just goes on and on and on without much animation. The monster designs are rather imaginative and colorful and they wary quite much which is always a nice thing. All in all, nothing amazing but definitely above average.
There are only a few complaints I have about the sound of CSR; first and foremost, background music is mismatched a lot of times and good songs are rarely thrown in. Second, some of the character voices are quite annoying and it can go over the board at times. Still, if I forget that, there’s really nothing bad I can say about the sound. Soundtrack throughout the battles is fast, adrenaline-pumping, loud and it gets you going. It fits the scenery quite well and, in the last episode, it comes to bloom to its utmost strength. Quite amazing, I must admit.
There are a bunch of characters in CSR and that is bad. As the matter of fact, only three or four of them get developed properly. Harely Sutton, who’s supposedly a main character (well, he IS in every episode) gets zero, absolutely zero development. All we know is that he’s a Nina’s childhood friend and that he likes to make swords. Well, great. Main focus goes to Layfon, of course, and he’s a solid character. Idiotic, but solid nonetheless. Obviously OP in every matter but his story is quite intriguing even though many might argue with his choices or his ideals.
Felli is probably the most-likeable character out of the cast. She’s your not-so-typical loli character with tsunadrish attitude and is a great comedic relief at times. She can be annoying, don’t get me wrong, but she’s still likeable.
Nina is … bad character – at least for me. She’s one of those “I want power for this for that blah” and her development lacks quite a bit. She trains and trains, but she never goes anywhere. She’s as weak as she was in the first episodes. She’s self-involved, pretty much unrequited most of the time but she also has her moments.
Now, the only reason I gave 7 to this department is my beloved Synola-san. She’s not there a lot, but when she is, she always brings something – whatever that something may be. Talking about her might bring out a few spoilers so I will avoid doing that.
There are a lot of things that go wrong with CSR. The ending is way too rushed, the point of the story is none-existent, all that “revelation” during the end makes absolutely no sense (Chosen for what? By whom? Eh?), characters are average at best and on and on. Still, it’s not that bad. CSR has its moments and due to those moments I give it 6. Especially battle between two students of the same school; up until one suddenly became OP, it was quite enjoyable.
Nothing great, but still solid viewing. It kept me on my seats for most of the time but the ending was flat out bad. Twists made no sense, revelations as well and all in all the show lacked certain impact *cough*death*cough* to get anywhere else (no, seriously, I haven’t seen a single person die on the screen even though there were indications for that which is kind of illogical since you’re fighting giant beasts for crying out loud).
Mar 28, 2013
These cities are known as regios.
Our hero came to a new city for a fresh start after being banished from his old city.
While looking for an ordinary life he is quickly swept up into a military academy.
This anime may come off as a bit harem. However, this is justifiable as the main character actually has skills (few other harem characters do). His skill is that he could outswordfight Ichigo from bleach- he is that good.
The only problem is that it was a bit short. The last episode was kind of a letdown for the sole reason it felt like they could have spread it into 6 more episodes. The final ten minutes felt crushed together with no breathing room.
Something really cool about this anime is a few scenes that appear to have nothing to do with the plot. The screen is tinged and it plays out like a hard-boiled action flick but there is a twist to these scenes and what they actually have to do with the story.
I gave this an 8 because it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the fight scenes which normally in anime I hate because they sound like dirty movies.
Feb 11, 2013
This is an anime I would love to compliment on how it started, instead of just using those boring character introductions and beginnings that take forever to start right from episode 1 and 2 it just jumped in the show, which I absolutely loved. As you can see, this is a very fast paced anime that doesn’t waste time.
This is a post apocalyptic anime (in short the end of the world type of anime) and for the most part follows the 17th platoon on the journey they embark.
To be frank, the characters in this anime are very very unoriginal. It is almost like what you see in most anime, you have Mr. Hero, you have a bunch of girls who tend to fall in love with Mr. Hero saving them and then you always have that one character who is tsundere. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but for this type of anime, which is following the journey these characters go on, character development and unique characters is something that helps tremendously. There is really only one character, obviously the main main character “Layfon Wolfstein Alseif”, who you cant really make original. Aside from him, I personally would have changed the characters to be a bit more unique.
As to this show, it does have some very fun and energetic fighting scenes, and as usual has tons and tons of scenes of Mr. Hero saving someone and then the person he saves falls in love with him. What I personally enjoyed about this show though is the use of “power” in it. This is a very straightforward show puts people on 2 different levels, are they strong or are they weak. Due to this split, which is good in some ways could also be very hurtful. When there is such a black and white anime like this it tends to lack character development because the weak are never able to be on par with the strong, thus the split is harmful. What is good about doing this, is it makes other characters strive to reach up to those levels by any means possible and this is a way to bring some development into the characters. If you do not understand what I am saying, to summarize, this show lacked character development, but it was not a total and utter fail because of the use of “power”.
Always the easiest and hardest question to answer, did you enjoy this anime. Due to the fact that I just watched Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (The legend of the legendary hero) which is practically identical to this, and this was the type of show I was in the mood for I did enjoy it. By far my favorite parts were the fighting scenes and also the character Layfon. Layfon was what made this show interesting because of his nature of being unique and people being an outcast, trying to fit in with society. Just as a little side note, throughout this anime you will see clips of a story that is all in English, this is the most confusing part of the anime so don’t be turned off by this. What I personally want to do is look more into what the meaning of that side story is because I found it very complicated and it did leave some questions unanswered for me. Aside from that, that side story was one of the most unique things I have seen in an anime, even if I didn’t understand it completely, I found that it was able to bring some more life to this anime.
Just to quickly touch on the songs (and art) the only one that I want to talk about is the ending song (like the end end song). This song as usual was very powerful, due to the fact I was expecting a song like this because of how related it is to some other animes, I still find it pleasing that animes are able to bring the type of sadness emotion to you that the anime is at the end. This is something that I love because it always brings like warmth to my heart, but I also despise because I feel like this type of anime could continue on but never will. For the art section, there really isn’t anything for me to write, it was just your typical art nothing out of the ordinary and nothing that stood out as being bad, I have no reason to praise or citizen this.
Why do you seek to become strong and gain power? Is it for your own personal use, or do you wish to help people in this world?
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Jul 13, 2009
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Ever since i saw the first couple of episodes i was expecting quite a lot out of this show. It seemed like it had everything it needed to become a top-notch show. Interesting alternate universe, diversity in characters, spectacular action, romance and comedy. However, when i had completed the show and looked back at these expectations it was kind of dissapointing.
First of all the universe. what could have become an epic battlefield became a rather weak setting. history and other facts come rushing at you, but never really worked out. More than once you'll find yourself wondering 'what the f*** just happened' after witnessing some of the events.
Then the characters, for me the greatest dissapointment of all. They all seem quite the interesting bunch in the beginning but the problem is that at the end of the series, they're just the same. Of course there were some changes in relationship betweens the characters but none of them actually grew. Character development should always be worked out in depth and this is certainly not the case in CSR.
The action is indeed spectacular but it remains the same during the entire show. There aren't any new aspects of combat that show up. The first fight and the last fight in the show are practically the same though the main character has been through a lot.
The same with the romance aspect. Again some great potential to create an epic love story but instead an epic fail. Some red cheeks and home made bento's for lunch is as far they go.(figure of speech)
The comedy then finally, was good. This was the only aspect that didn't dissapoint me. Don't misunderstand, the comic scenes are kept at a minimum here but that's what i'd expect from an action based show. The scenes have good timing and are really charming and funny.
The Artwork and ost are quite good but rather basic, nothing exceptional or unique about it,no special contribution to the show
Conclusion: This show had some amazing potential but leaves you behind with an empty feeling after finishing the last episode. Normally with this kind of ending i would be longing to a sequel, but in this case it's just a feeling of dissatisfaction. To finish i just want to say that this review is a bit too negative, but i can't help it. Guess it's because of the high expectations i had. I still recommend the show since it can be really enjoyable at times but just don't have your hopes up. read more
Jan 28, 2010
PS, the girl that i always want the main character to end with always losses...
Apr 7, 2009
While it might not me the most entertaining or ground breaking anime ever, it has a good feel to it, a decent story and art and good character development.
Chrome Shelled is one of very few shows that i would say have a very good pacing. Just enough action, humour and random bits and pieces. It can be quite confusing, as we are not told exactly, where the characters' powers come from or what is the actual 'main plot'. There are a lot of ambiguities, but it does not greatly affect the enjoyment of watching it.
Due to a lot of pollution many animals have mutated and evolved into filth monsters which attact humans for food.
People are forced to live in citites called regios which move over the continents. Some people are trained in martial arts in order to protect their cities from the filth monsters.
One of them is the city of Zuellini, where our main character finds himself moving to. Its a student city and Leyfon wants to start a course in general studies there. He is involved in a fight and tricked into joining a martial arts platoon. Of course, there is a little more to our little innocent Leyfon than meets the eye, but that you will have to find out about yourself.
There he meets the rest of our main characters, Felli, Sharnid and Nina.
They go through some adventures involving both their own enemies, filth monsters and inter-platoon and inter-city matches which basically decide on the city's and platoons future.
The art in Chrome Shelled Regios might not be outstanding, but character design and the cities were (or at least look) very well thought out. It is generally nice to watch, and it might just be me, but i think it gets a little better after the first few episodes.
There is not much to comment on, maybe except for the opening and ending songs.
The opening song kind of threw me off at first, but i grew to like it over the next few episodes and i came to see that it actually really fits the show. However, i cannot bring myself to like the ending.
Other than that, the soundtrack isnt anything special really.
For me, this is was the most important factor that made me watch more and more of CSR. They might not be exceptionally unique, but all of them together make a nice show.Also, there is a lot of character development going on as the show progresses.
Leyfon isn't a very typical male lead charcter. He is i would say, trying to find himself anew. He is trying to forget about his past and try to become a new person and get along better. Despite that, he is always mixed up in fights. He fights "to live" which seems to be impossible to understand for..
..Nina. She can be annoying at times. As the platoon leader, he often thinks she knows everything best, and sometimes decides selfishly even if it might affect the whole team. She seems to be interested in Leyfon, but can't quite seem to understand him. She also does not seem to value her life too much, she is always ready to give it up if only they could win - Zuellinii could be saved.
Felli. For many the star of the show. Felli is a quiet girl, who seems to avoid using her true strength for some reason. She gets along well with Leyfon.
The last one Sharnid, surprised me even after 12 episodes. It seemed he was just a "cool" teenager, a bit antysocial and uncooperative when it comes to group work. He likes.. girls and tends to put off his training for nighttime walks. But as i said, there is more to him aswell.. so just watch it if you want to find out ^^.
ENJOYMENT & OVERALL
It is a nice show to watch, though it might not be extremly exciting. For me it is more about the characters, so if youre just looking for an intense plot, look somewhere else ^^
I really enjoy the confusing aspect of the show and the fact that there is much more to the characters than first meets the eye.
Overall, i recommend watching it, though don't expect it to jump in your favourites list! :) read more
Apr 9, 2013
Quick Pros and Cons
Decent back story to main character
The setting and idea of the story was pretty cool even if it wasn't executed very well.
It was good enough that I actually finished it and didn't completely drop it lol.
The action in the anime is scarce and what it is seen its okay at best.
The characters are either unlikeable or feel as though they have no personality to them what so ever.
The animation is meh (best way I can describe it)
The last battle of the anime is the simply put a disappointment.
There were so many opportunities to capitalize that could have made for good scenes that just didn't happen.
Weird English talking parts that make no sense at all to the story.
Now on the actual review.
Chrome Shelled Regios follows Layfon, a high school age student who has just arrived at a new Regios to start his new life. The setting of the anime is pretty interesting, it is a post apocalyptic world where all of the outside world is polluted to the point of being uninhabitable and the surviving people live in moving cities called Regios'. Layfon used to be a Heavens blade, one of the 12 strongest warriors in the entire world, but he is kicked out and decides to start anew.
Now this is where things start to go wrong for Chrome Shelled Regios. Firstly the story is extremely disjointed, you don't even know the main plot of the story until half way through the anime, and after that it's still bad. There are parts in the story that COULD HAVE been good but were just executed horribly, like when Nina, Layfon's platoon leader finds out Layfon is a former Heavens blade, her reaction is so plain I'm almost positive a brick could've showed more emotion then her. Then possibly the worst part of the entire anime, is that throughout the show there are clips of what seems like a different show but when you're watching it you're not really sure but the people are talking English but you understand them even less because it's like some computer 100000mph type talking that has absolutely nothing to do with the show. Hard to understand I know but that literally takes up like 5 minutes of every episode and then at the end they try to tie it all together to make sense but It's just done horribly. You have to watch the show to understand, but I wouldn't recommend it. The final fight is also a joke, not going to spoil anything but its literally a One hit K.O. final fight, yes, can't get anymore lame then that.
This is one of those shows where I would watch it if there was literally nothing left to do and nothing else to possible watch but I wouldn't recommend to anyone, just pass up on this one.
Feb 15, 2012
Aug 17, 2011
DON'T GET CONFUSED AS SUCH NAMES AS "the Fallen ones" it's just a better way of saying the spirit of the city has gone mad.Don't let it get to your head.
Also I love this anime because it made me think and kind of put the subject in my shoes What would I have done?
Glad I saw episode 13 though or else I would of not understood episode 1.Which episode 1 I really love it wasn't confusing to me, than what other people said about the first episode"really confusing" not to me that is.
Anyways the Story 9/10
Many reasons why,after seeing that ending you just ask for more and more.
2. I want to see what happens next,I mean the story Is perfect why did it had to end like that?
Really well done charactersthat show emotion,BLINK for once (yay).
The art never got old just to tell you.
Great sound effects on the explotions,battle scences and bullets.
The music was great I mostly loved the ending songs though.
The characters many you can relate to like Layfon,what will you do to survive?Many characters are loveable here.I should mention the dubbed verion to CSR is really good like Todd Haberkorn is awesome as layfon really fits his voice and actionsto this anime.Then there's Monica Rial who plays Felli really great voice acting too well met for her role in CSR.
Many reasons why I enjoye ChromeShelled Regios is the battles ,the fight scenes. Why? because in this anime they actually showed fight moves not like other anime that talk for half the time and then fight. CSR really aced the enjoyment meter for me ,there was always a fight or a brawl or a mini cat fight.
Dislikes : They showed the 12 Heaven Blades in action all late about it.
My overall score is a 10 for the non-stop battles and good music,voice actors (dub),the art the enjoyment doesn't fail so I highly recommend Chrome Shelled Regios to your list. read more
Jul 19, 2009
chrome shelled regios is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where people live in giant dome cities that are powered by "electric fairies" because the world became too poluted to live in and there are giant man-eating creatures[filth monsters/limbeekoon] outside of the domes. the cities are classified differently depending on their military power: academy, lance shelled[one of the most powerfull in the world]...and so forth...
its abt a guy that gave up his past of fighting in the military[one of the strongest] but it caught up with him.his name is layfon azelfe and he probably is the most powerful character and has alot of girls falling for him....
to me the characters are great and funny
well thats all im gonna say...u watch it and see for yourself
my fav...i wanna c more....i hope i get to c more read more
Jan 20, 2009
Story 7: The story is a pretty common one in parts I think. Boy has extraordinary power, boy doesn't want to use that power, boys tries to run away from that power, and then discovers that with great power comes great responsibility so he has to suck it up and use it. Not that it's a bad story, it's just a pretty common one.
Art 7: I can't find any major flaws with the artwork. The background and characters all look good and the battle scenes flow nicely. It's not my favorite style of artwork, but it was well done for the style they used.
Sound 9: I quite like the tracks for this series so far. The background tracks all portray the mood of the scene accurately and the OP and ED are enjoyable. The OP is probably my favorite this season that I've heard yet. The ED certainly grew on me and I appreciated how the different characters each had a version. It really gave some more character to the show..
Character 7: I really enjoyed the characters in this series. While they didn't really seem to change or grow I was rather attached to them regardless. I never could bring myself to like Felli very much sadly, despite her comic and moe appeal. Nina was a lost cause, but the fact that she continued to try impressed me personally and all the other characters were interesting in their own ways.
Enjoyment 8: It's a fun watch. Good action, good characters, and what's a fairly enjoyable premise even if it's a little confusing at times.
Overall 7: If you're looking for a new action series to watch I'd entirely recommend this show. Granted I typically don't watch Shounen that much but doesn't that say something about the flexibility of this show if it's able to convert a Shoujo fan like myself? Go into this with an open mind and you might find yourself surprised by the outcome. read more
May 10, 2013
The story really is all over the place. It is filled with various sub plots that never come to a conclusion and many,many attempts to explain how things work in its universe that never come to fruition. Seiriously, whats the deal with moving cities?How everything became what like that?Why there is a mini-anime within the anime?I guess we'll never know.
The characters are lost in the plot desert.The only intersting one is Layfon,the main character who presents a development and the most interesting scenes in the anime(the figthing scenes).The others are from mediocre to annoying,especially the fiiler characters,whose only job is to adore Layfon.
The animation is truly confusing.The battle scenes are very well made,while the majority of other are dull and poor.The scenery though is quite beautiful,which shows that the studio could draw,but it was too bored to do so.The best part is the mini-anime,which shows the story of an Alucard-look alike and Shaya,the ainigmatic girl with the best weapon in town.The animation is exceptional and i would rather watch this than CRS.
Overall,CRS shows potentails that never meet,is poorly made,with unclear story that you are not sure where it si going(if going at all).Try it only if you are wiiling to do some digging to find out more,or simply you want a super power shonen if you have everything else. read more
Sep 4, 2010
Boy, talk about fail squared. Anime usually aim to have some good initial episodes before reverting back to whatever mediocrity they were meant to be. Regios managed to be uninteresting since the very beginning. I guess that is a talent too.
Let’s get down to business. Regios is the story about mobile cities in a grim future, fighting amongst them for survival, while repelling invasions by super powerful insects ... or a guy and his harem. The premise was rather interesting as it reminded me of Blue Gender, a good dark science fiction anime of the 90’s whose greatest flaw was the dull plot. While Regios fixes this by having a lot more action and variety, at the same time it failed completely to build atmosphere and immersion with the story and the characters.
Let’s start with the action scenes. They are completely random and chaotic. There was no way to feel a battle was done properly as magic gizmos were pretty much running the show as the directors wanted. Anything could happen, any way the they wanted it, as fast or as dramatic, successful or failed. You could see a rain of rabbits followed by a rock shaped as Lincoln for all it matters and the outcome of such spells would be whatever the plot required. And forget about proper transition from one scene to another. There is NO TRANSITION. Thus, no choreography exists to make action appealing.
-Then it’s the actual animation. So little of it. For a semi-action series, the characters were terribly frozen. Too much still panels going around to feel anything good about it.
-Then it’s the character figures. What kind of random accessories was everybody wearing during battles? And what’s with the weird facial structure? Totally unappealing.
-Then it’s the background music. Jesus Christ, it was terrible. The main battle them is making your ears bleed with its terrible tune. And the opening and ending songs are completely average pop trash.
-Then it’s the setting itself. One moment they are fighting for the survival of the human race, the immediate next they are taking part in a typical romantic school comedy trip. You get futuristic cities full of weird machinery, next to nobles clothed as if it’s still the 18th century, next to a cosplay party called the main characters. Consistency is nice!
-Then it’s the cast itself. What is going on with them? You hardly get to know most of them. The lead is the typical harem dork, with a broken power, hoarding all the girls to himself, and does nothing with them. Most girls are defined by their sexual frustration syndromes. Most males are defined by their ridiculous costumes and signature moves. Everybody is a stereotype 101. And nobody is memorable for any given reason.
-Engrish! Jesus Christ, when will they ever hire real Americans to do the English lines?
-The ending … which is not an ending. Major bummer.
In all, Regios uses a mediocre action superpower formula, mixed with a mediocre romantic school comedy formula, with random ideas such as mobile cities and fairies and bugs in the background. It hardly makes good use of any of its elements and ends up being a completely average work.
Before you dismiss my harsh judgment because of the nature of the setting, please consider this. Mixing teenagers fighting huge monsters before going to school and getting to all sorts of sexual frustrations can be as bad as Gunparade March or as good as Neon Genesis. And Regios is no Neon Genesis. In fact, it doesn’t even know what it is. There are no connecting points between the genres it tries unsuccessfully to blend. Think how many stuff Escaflowne mixed in the same bowl and how uniformed they felt. This was a random hill of irrelevant ideas with lifeless animation and poor storytelling.
Sorry, I prefer Blue Gender and Neon Genesis over this one. I don’t even consider it a worthy watch. In fact, I don’t consider it as anything other as a good example of a badly made anime. read more
Jul 10, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
But there's a twist (isn't there always). Resources are limited, there are monsters everywhere (Filth Monsters, apparently), and the soft-shelled cities engage in battles with each other for rights to mine Selenium which keeps them going. Which almost makes sense except that they are powered by Fairies or something like that and the competitions are held by essentially schoolkids fighting each other with these things called "Dites" which are referenced in the OP along the lines of "so we may go somewhere weeeeth the Dite."
If I'm losing you the summary of what it's about:
There's a city called Grendan. It has really badass Dite wielders. So badass, they're almost Gods. The rest of the cities don't (not sure why). One of these guys, Leifon, gets exiled and becomes a schoolboy in Zuellni because he wants to run away from his past and that's where the premise starts. A really badass guy pretending to be a student because he has a dark past.
So you have to throw in the usual cliched characters, overeager Tomboyish squad leader who takes him in, loli sister of pervy student council leader, the playboy sniper, three random girls (like you've always seen).
What saves this anime, is that it seems to actually focus on a backstory of Leifon, his interactions with those in Zuellni, his rather fatalistic views on life, without cocking up most of it. You watch it with the hope it's going somewhere and there actually seems to be stuff going on (i.e. the fairies, the filth monsters, Lefon's betrayal).
It's average, but at least it's trying.
Of course it also hasn't really gone anywhere and it keeps introducing characters the show seems compelled that i MUST know, but there is little exposition to explain why... read more
Jan 21, 2009
A world where animals have been exposed to extreme pollution causing them to mutate into monsters(A.K.A Filth Monsters). They now roam the planet indiscriminately killing everything in sight for food. Humans have been forced to adapt by living in mobile cities called "Regios." Though the Regios provides an environment capable of sustaining human life, they are prime targets for "Filth Monsters" because of the large food density... this food can also be called the human population.
I know little about animation studios or specifics about each individual series' production but Koukaku no Regios so far has shown me the most cliche of animations. Skirts are absurdly short, no panty shots so far (sorry guys). Facial expressions are depicted well but the general design of each character is extremely similar i.e. same head shape or same eye shape or same body shape. (7)
The opening has a nice song but the animation is rather...dull (6). The ending also has a nice song but as in all endings, animation just has to give off a sense of finality which this one accomplishes. (8)
This series has one of my pet peeves...BAD ACTION MUSIC! The music played during an action scene is some stupid ramped DOWN techno sequence...but other than that everything is average not above average (5)
Layfon Alseif (spelling disputed) is the main character. He is from a Regios named Grenden and is a former member of the "Heavenly Blades" (basically the Royal Guard). Layfon wants to begin a different lifestyle though and moves to the Regios, Czerni to study. Things don't go as expected. (8)
Nina Antalk, co-protagonist, definitely has some depth to her which is shown in Episode 3. She is also from a different Regios and came from a rich family, but due to an event, she decides to join the Military Department which is frowned upon by her family who essentially disowned her. She strives constantly to be the best she can be and is deeply jealous of Layfon who overshadows her completely in terms of battle skill.(8)
Other characters are barely worth mentioning. Their bonds are not described very well, friends can become friends through some of the stupidest methods that aren't even shown. Many are very dipsy doozy and aren't described very well. (5)
Enjoyment (7): Overall, if you're looking for an anime targeting the main stream. You'll like this one alot but other than great suspense and so many interweaving complications that it brings the audience into confusion or delight.
Overall (7): Give it a try, it seems decent enough so far but that might change radically as this is just the beginning of the anime read more